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14/11/2019
Annual Series
A.1 Foreign-born population, 2000-2018
(individuals)
Years Total Population Foreign-born
All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in % N As a % of total population As a % of all foreign-born Change in %
2018 65,611,000 0.7 9,342,000 14.2 -0.4 141,000 0.2 1.5 1.4
2017 65,176,000 0.7 9,382,000 14.4 2.5 139,000 0.2 1.5 6.1
2016 64,727,000 0.7 9,152,000 14.1 6.8 131,000 0.2 1.4 -6.4
2015 64,265,000 0.9 8,569,000 13.3 3.5 140,000 0.2 1.6 10.2
2014 63,686,000 1.7 8,277,000 13.0 4.5 127,000 0.2 1.5 15.5
2013 62,605,000 -1.7 7,921,000 12.7 3.2 110,000 0.2 1.4 22.2
2012 63,705,030 0.7 7,679,000 12.1 2.3 90,000 0.2 1.2 7.2
2011 63,285,145 1.6 7,509,000 11.9 5.2 84,000 0.1 1.1 1.2
2010 62,262,000 0.8 7,139,000 11.5 3.3 83,000 0.1 1.2 -4.6
2009 61,792,000 0.6 6,910,000 11.2 3.4 87,000 0.2 1.3 4.8
2008 61,398,200 0.7 6,683,000 10.9 5.4 83,000 0.1 1.2 16.9
2007 60,985,700 0.7 6,342,000 10.4 5.8 71,000 0.1 1.1 0.0
2006 60,584,300 0.6 5,997,000 9.9 8.0 71,000 0.1 1.2 24.6
2005 60,235,500 .. 5,552,000 9.2 6.1 57,000 0.1 1.0 -16.2
2004 .. .. 5,233,000 .. 4.4 68,000 .. 1.3 3.0
2003 .. .. 5,013,000 .. 3.1 66,000 .. 1.3 10.0
2002 .. .. 4,861,000 .. 4.0 60,000 .. 1.2 17.6
2001 .. .. 4,675,000 .. 5.7 51,000 .. 1.1 50.0
2000 58,950,848 .. 4,423,000 7.5 .. 34,000 0.1 0.8 ..
Last annual update: 14/06/2019
Note The total population values are estimates as of June 30 of each year based on the 2001 Census and, as of 2011, in the 2011 Census. 
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from UK National Statistics, Annual Population Survey (APS) /Labour Force Survey (LFS)Mid Year Population EstimatesPopulation by country of birth and nationalityUnited Nations Statistics Division (estimates).
A.2 Foreign population, 2000-2018
(individuals)
Years Total population Foreigners
All foreigners Foreigners with Portuguese citizenship
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in % N As a % of total population As a % of all foreigners Change in %
2018 65,611,000 0.7 6,103,000 9.3 -1.7 224,000 0.4 2.4 -4.7
2017 65,176,000 0.7 6,210,000 9.5 3.5 235,000 0.4 2.5 10.3
2016 64,727,000 0.7 5,998,000 9.3 7.8 213,000 0.3 2.3 -2.7
2015 64,265,000 0.9 5,567,000 8.7 4.2 219,000 0.4 2.6 25.2
2014 63,686,000 1.7 5,344,000 8.4 7.2 175,000 0.3 2.1 22.4
2013 62,605,000 -1.7 4,987,000 8.0 2.8 143,000 0.2 1.8 28.8
2012 63,705,030 0.7 4,852,000 7.6 1.7 111,000 0.2 1.4 5.7
2011 63,285,145 1.6 4,772,000 7.6 7.0 105,000 0.2 1.4 3.0
2010 62,262,000 0.8 4,460,000 7.2 2.7 102,000 0.2 1.4 7.4
2009 61,792,000 0.6 4,344,000 7.0 4.2 95,000 0.2 1.4 6.8
2008 61,398,200 0.7 4,169,000 6.8 5.8 89,000 0.2 1.3 4.7
2007 60,985,700 0.7 3,941,000 6.5 9.7 85,000 0.1 1.4 -6.6
2006 60,584,300 0.6 3,594,000 5.9 12.4 91,000 0.2 1.5 24.7
2005 60,235,500 .. 3,198,000 5.3 .. 73,000 0.1 1.3 ..
2004 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2003 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2002 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2001 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
2000 58,950,848 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Last annual update:14/06/2019
Note The total population values are estimates as of June 30 of each year based on the 2001 Census and, as of 2011, in the 2011 Census. 
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from UK National Statistics, Annual Population Survey (APS) /Labour Force Survey (LFS)Mid Year Population EstimatesPopulation by country of birth and nationalityUnited Nations Statistics Division (estimates).
A.3 Consular registrations, 2008-2018
(individuals)
Years All registrations Registrations by migrants born in Portugal Registrations by migrants with Portuguese citizenship
N Change in % N As a % of all registrations Change in % N As a % of all registrations Change in %
2018 263,706 8.0 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2017 244,252 7.5 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2016 227,212 12.4 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2015 202,072 11.5 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2014 181,244 -29.5 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2013 257,000 49.9 .. .. .. .. .. ..
2012 171,497 7.6 100,542 58.6 4.4 163,773 95.5 8.1
2011 159,336 3.2 96,327 60.5 0.4 151,547 95.1 -1.8
2010 154,455 8.3 95,977 62.1 5.8 154,332 99.9 8.3
2009 142,642 7.8 90,733 63.6 5.7 142,534 99.9 7.8
2008 132,387 .. 85,865 64.9 .. 132,282 99.9 ..
Last annual update: 21/10/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Portuguese consulates abroad and Consular Management System (DGACCP), amounts granted on request.
A.4 Foreign inflows, 2000-2018
(individuals)
Years Total inflows Portuguese inflows
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in %
2018 632,670 -7.3 18,871 3.0 -16.6
2017 682,613 -17.2 22,622 3.3 -25.9
2016 824,782 -0.4 30,543 3.7 -5.4
2015 828,198 7.9 32,301 3.9 5.8
2014 767,765 24.4 30,546 4.0 1.4
2013 617,236 18.9 30,121 4.9 47.4
2012 518,954 -22.7 20,443 3.9 25.1
2011 671,219 0.6 16,347 2.4 35.5
2010 667,486 8.8 12,064 1.8 -1.2
2009 613,237 -8.4 12,211 2.0 -6.0
2008 669,660 -16.0 12,983 1.9 7.8
2007 797,090 25.9 12,039 1.5 24.2
2006 632,937 2.3 9,696 1.5 -17.2
2005 618,692 49.9 11,712 1.9 -15.6
2004 412,740 14.0 13,867 3.4 10.0
2003 362,152 16.3 12,603 3.5 59.2
2002 311,288 18.7 7,915 2.6 80.1
2001 262,239 0.7 4,396 1.7 142.7
2000 260,424 .. 1,811 0.7 ..
Last annual update: 28/02/2019
Note The values of foreigners and Portuguese entries correspond to those who have been assigned a registration number in the National Insurance Recording System, which is mandatory for those who wish to work. The data was rectified from 2002 to 2011 by the responsable entity on 29/03/17.
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Department for Work and Pensions (accessed in 12/06/2012), here from 2012.
A.5 Acquisition of citizenship of the destination country, 2000-2018
(individuals)
Years Acquisition of citizenship by all foreigners Acquisition of citizenship by Portuguese
N Change in % N As a % of total population Change in %
2018 157,023 27.4 1,906 1.2 54.5
2017 123,213 -17.5 1,234 1.0 83.6
2016 149,421 26.5 672 0.4 59.2
2015 118,109 -6.1 422 0.4 32.7
2014 125,754 -39.6 318 0.3 -49.4
2013 208,095 7.1 628 0.3 25.9
2012 194,370 9.2 499 0.3 24.1
2011 177,934 -8.8 402 0.2 -16.1
2010 195,094 -4.3 479 0.2 -18.4
2009 203,789 57.5 587 0.3 43.5
2008 129,377 -21.4 409 0.3 -21.5
2007 164,637 6.9 521 0.3 -2.1
2006 154,018 -4.8 532 0.4 -18.3
2005 161,699 9.1 651 0.4 18.8
2004 148,273 13.6 548 0.4 8.5
2003 130,535 8.7 505 0.4 74.1
2002 120,121 33.1 290 0.2 2.1
2001 90,282 9.8 284 0.3 19.8
2000 82,210 .. 237 0.3 ..
Last annual update: 21/06/2019
Note The total for 2017 was rectified by the entity responsible and amended by the OEm on 21/06/2019.
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Gov UK, Immigration Statistics (> Citizenship data tables immigration statistics year), Citizenship grants by previous country of nationality.
A.6 Remittances, 2000-2018
(euros, thousands)
Years Inward flows (thousand euros) (a) Outward flows (thousand euros) (b) Balance (a/b)
  Change in %   Change in %
2018 343,900 -1.8 5,500 -0.2 63
2017 350,080 22.8 5,510 -6.6 64
2016 284,970 11.8 5,900 -0.7 48
2015 254,960 26.1 5,940 -5.0 43
2014 202,220 29.4 6,250 -5.9 32
2013 156,230 19.7 6,640 -33.2 24
2012 130,490 23.9 9,940 2.1 13
2011 105,310 11.3 9,740 -9.4 11
2010 94,620 -0.2 10,750 72.3 9
2009 94,820 -24.2 6,240 13.7 15
2008 125,010 -23.6 5,490 -30.4 23
2007 163,580 7.9 7,890 -7.8 21
2006 151,630 3.0 8,560 -5.5 18
2005 147,170 -18.9 9,060 17.8 16
2004 181,440 2.2 7,690 23.8 24
2003 177,540 -17.7 6,210 -33.9 29
2002 215,630 -7.4 9,400 28.8 23
2001 232,840 19.0 7,300 91.6 32
2000 195,760 .. 3,810 .. 51
Last annual update: 27/02/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from Banco de PortugalBP stat, Exploração multidimensional, Quadros predefinidos, Estatísticas de balança de pagamentos, Remessas de emigrantes/imigrantes.
Census
B.1 Resident population by census and nationality, according to country of birth, 2011-2012
(individuals)
Census by nationality Total population All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N % N % N %
2011/2012            
Total 63,182,180 100 7,985,585 100 92,065 100
National 58,115,055 92.0 3,596,325 45.0 7,685 8.4
Foreign 5,067,125 8.0 4,389,260 55.0 84,380 91.7
Last annual update: 14/11/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from União Europeia, Eurostat, 2011 census hub
B.2 Resident population by census and sex, according to country of birth, 2001-2012
(individuals)
Census by sex Total population All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N % N % N %
2011/2012            
Total 63,182,180 100 7,985,585 100 92,065 100
Male 31,028,145 49.1 3,861,560 48.4 46,005 50.0
Female 32,154,035 50.9 4,124,025 51.6 46,060 50.0
2001/2002            
Total 58,789,213 100 4,896,593 100 36,556 100
Male 28,579,855 48.6 2,302,372 47.0 17,513 47.9
Female 30,209,358 51.4 2,594,221 53.0 19,043 52.1
Last annual update: 14/11/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from European Union, Eurostat2011 census hub
B.3 Resident population by census and age group, according to country of birth, 2001-2012
(individuals)
Census by age group Total population All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N % N % N %
2011/2012            
Total 63,182,175 100 7,985,585 100 92,060 100
-15 Years 11,099,895 17.6 584,020 7.3 11,695 12.7
15-39 Years 20,919,915 33.1 3,921,050 49.1 48,065 52.2
40-64 Years 20,785,240 32.9 2,561,155 32.1 27,165 29.5
65+ Years 10,377,125 16.4 919,360 11.5 5,135 5.6
2001/2002            
Total 58,789,213 100 4,896,593 100 36,556 100
-15 Years 11,104,869 18.9 364,872 7.5 4,282 11.7
15-39 Years 20,196,070 34.4 2,071,963 42.3 19,901 54.4
40-64 Years 18,147,264 30.9 1,752,775 35.8 10,315 28.2
65+ Years 9,341,010 15.9 706,983 14.4 2,058 5.6
Last annual update: 14/11/2019
Note Other situations or missing values: 5 in 2011
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from European Union, Eurostat2011 census hub
B.5 Resident population by census and labour force status, according to country of birth, 2011-2012
(individuals)
Census by labour force status Total population All foreign-born Born in Portugal
N % N % N %
2011/2012            
Total 63,182,180 100 7,985,590 100 92,065 100
Employed 30,008,635 47.5 4,386,215 54.9 53,290 57.9
Unemployed 2,433,705 3.9 423,745 5.3 5,840 6.4
Inactive 30,739,840 48.7 3,175,630 39.8 32,935 35.8
Last annual update: 14/11/2019
Source Table by Observatório da Emigração [Emigration Observatory], data from União Europeia, Eurostat, 2011 census hub
Notes
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Data [+]

Portuguese Nurses Survey in the UK 2014

United Nations, DESA, Population Division: international migrant stock (the 2015 revision)

OECD: database on immigrants in OECD and non-OECD countries (DIOC)

Highlights [+]

Portuguese emigration to the UK is the lowest since 2011

Acquisition of British nationality by Portuguese emigrants in the United Kingdom increases

Brexit

Interviews [+]

Recruitment of UK companies in Portugal
[Recrutamento de empresas do Reino Unido em Portugal]

The Portuguese are the largest group among Jersey immigrants
[Os portugueses são o maior grupo entre os imigrantes de Jersey]

International mobility of Portuguese researchers
[Mobilidade internacional dos investigadores portugueses]

News and events [+]

Publications [+]

Portuguese Emigration. Statistical Report 2018
[Emigração Portuguesa. Relatório Estatístico 2018]

Portuguese Emigration Factbook 2017

Portuguese Emigration. Statistical Report 2017
[Emigração Portuguesa. Relatório Estatístico 2017]

Resources [+]

Research Centers [+]

Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

MRU – Migration Research Unit

Refugee Studies Centre (University of Oxford)

Researcher

Abreu, Guida de

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